Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 09/07/2021

coming attractions 09072021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Disney’s latest animated film Encanto, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s forthcoming Apple+ sitcom, Jeff Goldblum joining the cast of Search Party, John Cleese working on a Life Of Brian stage show, a whole bunch of Netflix cancellations, and much more.

Bonding – Has been cancelled by Netflix after two seasons. https://www.avclub.com/whoops-netflix-killed-a-bunch-of-shows-while-we-were-a-1847223762

Cinderella – James Acaster has joined the cast of this musical which will also star Romesh Ranganathan and James Corden. https://www.comedy.co.uk/people/news/6438/james-acaster-in-cinderella/

Country Comfort – Has also been cancelled by Netflix, probably as no one was aware of its existence. https://www.avclub.com/whoops-netflix-killed-a-bunch-of-shows-while-we-were-a-1847223762

The Crew – Another Netflix cancellation, Kevin James sitcom won’t be returning. https://variety.com/2#021/tv/news/the-crew-mr-iglesias-bonding-country-comfort-canceled-netflix-1235010988/

Encanto – The trailer for Disney’s latest animated film is now online, set in a Columbian town where everyone has magical powers except Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz). María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz and Carolina Gaitan also star, and it’s directed by Zootopia’s Byron Howard and Jared Bush along with playwright Charise Castro Smith, and if it’s as good as the trailer suggests this could be something a bit special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=togmdDHG3Pw

Life Of Brian – John Cleese is working on a stage show of the Python flick, presumably as he’s going to divorce his twentieth wife or something. “Writing on Twitter, he confirmed: “Today I finished the first draft of the script for the stage version of Life Of Brian. He added: “Not a musical, as songs slow the pace down too much.” Talking further about his plans, he revealed: “Depending on Covid, we might be able to do it in the second half of next year.” His post ended: “No Pythons in the cast. We’ve had enough die already.””. https://www.comedy.co.uk/live/news/6436/life-of-brian-stage-show/

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk – Filming on Spencer Jones’ BBC sitcom has now begun with Vic Reeves and Felicity Ward joining the cast, and an image and some info about it is here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6439/mind-of-herbert-clunkerdunk-2/

Mr Corman – Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Apple+ sitcom will debut on August 6th. “The series follows Josh Corman (Gordon-Levitt), a failed musician who teaches the fifth grade at a San Fernando Valley public school and struggling through bouts of anxiety and loneliness, manifesting, as seen in the trailer, as a burning ball of fire hurtling toward Earth”. More info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/joseph-gordon-levitt-mr-corman-trailer-tv-news-roundup-1235014116/

Mr Iglesias – Is another Netflix cancellation. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/the-crew-mr-iglesias-bonding-country-comfort-canceled-netflix-1235010988/

Paddington 3 – Long spoken about it’s now been confirmed the third in the series is being made, Paul King is involved once again though it was suggested he wouldn’t be directing it again, though this has yet to be confirmed. https://variety.com/2021/film/global/paddington-3-studiocanal-slate-cannes-1235012334/

Pause With Sam Jay – This HBO talk show will be returning for a second season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/pause-with-sam-jay-hbo-season-2-1235014994/

Rutherford Falls – Ed Helms’ small town sitcom that we didn’t like the first episode of is coming back for a second season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rutherford-falls-renewed-season-2-peacock-1235014725/

Search Party – Jeff Goldblum is to star in the show’s fifth season. “Goldblum will appear in a recurring role as Tunnel Quinn, a charismatic tech billionaire who enters a very public business partnership with Dory (Alia Shawkat) on the other side of her near death experience. Dory folds her old friends Portia (Meredith Hagner), Elliott (John Early) and Drew (John Reynolds) into the venture as they embark on an altruistic but terrifying journey”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/jeff-goldblum-search-party-season-5-hbo-max-1235014905/

The Standups – Returns for a third season later this year. “The season will comprise six half-hour specials from Brian Simpson, Dusty Slay, Janelle James, Mark Normand, Melissa Villaseñor, and Naomi Ekperigin”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/paul-mccartney-beatles-secrets-mccartney-321-trailer-tv-news-roundup-1235013664/

Succession – A teaser trailer for the forthcoming third season can be found here, which suggests Kendall Roy will continue to try and overthrow his father. https://www.avclub.com/its-logan-v-kendall-in-the-new-succession-season-3-tea-1847237289

Talking Bottom – Legendary comedians Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson’s hit sitcom Bottom first landed on BBC2 in 1991 and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the creators of popular podcast Talking Bottom are set to release a companion book to delve deeper into the making of Bottom and honour its comedy legacy, which has now reached 100% on Crowdfunder so will definitely be going ahead, but there’s still plenty of time to order your own copy. Available in paperback and digital formats, the book will take readers through the three series of the BBC2 hit sitcom, its five Live tour shows and the feature film Guest House Paradiso. The book will also provide Bottom devotees with a chance to explore first draft scripts of the TV episodes, contain original artwork, previously unseen pictures and feature essays on topics such as the inspirations for Bottom and its thematic similarities with works such as Waiting For Godot by playwright Samuel Beckett. There will also be material drawn from exclusive interviews with the Bottom cast and crew, including director Ed Bye, unearthing fresh discoveries about the series three decades on. https://unbound.com/books/bottom/

Why Do The Brits Win Every War? – Al Murray will be making another documentary / travelogue for Sky History, appearing as himself and his famous character The Pub Landlord. “Six hour-long episodes will air in the autumn. And Murray said: “Barely a day goes by in the UK without someone mentioning one war or another, so Sky History has asked me, with the help of some of the country’s friends – who used to be our enemies – to take a look at the trail of victory and defeat that leads us to the present day.” The Pub Landlord added: “This country is currently undefeated World War Champions of the World, fighting at all weights. We have a proud track record of defeating all comers, why we even had a war against the French that lasted One Hundred Years, the Hundred Year’s War, and the reason it lasted a century is we were enjoying winning it so much we spun it out for the full ton. The Germans had two cracks at the world title, which you have to respect, but they came up short. The Americans think they defeated us, whereas what we were actually doing was dropping them before they became too much trouble: and look at what an excellent decision that was. A victory no doubt, whichever way you look at it.”. ” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6443/al-murray-sky-history-war-series/

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